Kathy Wooldridge announces for Cave City mayor

September 23, 2010 CAVE CITY — Kathy Wooldridge has announced that she is running for mayor of Cave City on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.“I’m sure that you, the citizens of Cave City, would like to know a little about my family and myself. I am Kathy Wooldridge and I have been married for 22 years to Scott Wooldridge, I have two wonderful daughters, Alyssa and Amber.“I graduated from Cave City High School, and I have taken some college courses.

Walmart finishes redesign

September 23, 2010 The Batesville Walmart, at 3150 Harrison St., will celebrate a grand re-opening this weekend, giving local shoppers a glimpse of the company’s next generation of store design and customer experience, according to a company news release.

Wife of man on trial feared for her life

September 23, 2010 SALEM — Prosecutor Don McSpadden gave opening remarks Wednesday in the murder trial of 61-year-old Richard Gordon charged in the shooting death of 32-year-old Joseph Clifton.McSpadden told jurors they would hear testimony about a land dispute, but they were not to get sidetracked by “smoke and mirrors” because this case is about murder.“The defendant is guilty of the crime of murder. He purposely killed and caused the death of Joe Clifton. This is not a land dispute. … It’s a murder case.”

59 students ‘homeless’ in district

September 23, 2010 One director marked his last school board meeting Monday night while another faced his challenger in Tuesday’s school election, but building, spending and updating highlighted the Batesville School Board’s annual report to the public on Monday.Ronnie Coots, director of business and information, reported on grants and programs administered by the Batesville School District, including one that helps students who are considered “homeless.”Close to 59 students in the district fall under this broad definition, he said.

Rocktoberfest lines up rock acts, wrestlers, more for 2-day event

September 23, 2010 This year’s Rocktoberfest will feature 17 bands, including Saving Abel, Seven Mary Three, Cracker, 12 Stones, Haven Hill and Doghouse, and some of wrestling’s biggest stars. For the first time, Rocktoberbest, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has been expanded to two nights. The event will be presented by Batesville Promotions Oct. 1 and 2 at Riverside Park in Batesville. Two stages will be set up, one at the White River Amphitheater and the second, named the Mike Payne Stage, near the Josie’s end of the park.

News of Other Days

September 22, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 11, 1991.

Ozarka unveils Academic Mace

September 22, 2010 Melbourne — Ozarka College Administration announced the arrival and unveiling of a new college ceremonial artifact, the Ozarka College Academic Mace. An academic mace is a tradition for colleges and universities that dates back to the first universities founded in the Middle Ages, according to a news release. It symbolizes authority, learning and scholarship, history, reputation and values.

Ozark Corn Maze now open in NW Ark.

September 22, 2010 By Jill M. RohrbachArkansas Department of Parks and Tourism travel writerCAVE SPRINGS — With 10,000 feet of foot path containing loops, dead ends, and multiple choice intersections inside of five and a half acres of corn, it’s safe to say that you will, in fact, get lost in the Ozark Corn Maze now open in Cave Springs. The question is how long will it take you to find your way out?“It’s not a terribly difficult maze,” said Rod Wallis, the owner.

Warrant served despite cameras, dog

September 22, 2010 Counter surveillance cameras around the house and an aggressive dog in the yard weren’t enough to keep a Batesville woman from going to jail on an outstanding warrant and active subpoena Tuesday morning.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Collins said he and Deputy Jeremy Qualls went to the home of 33-year-old Ann Marie Sullivan around 9:30 a.m. to serve a subpoena and a warrant when they encountered the collarless dog and called for Batesville Animal Control Officer Jeff Pender’s assistance.

Rockin’ Luke to perform at 2 events

September 22, 2010 NEWPORT — Rockin’ Luke Stroud of Cave City, a pianist/vocalist whose style is reminiscent of Jerry Lee Lewis’ will perform twice this weekend — at 6 p.m. Friday at the Depot Days Conductors Reception and about 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wild Duck Festival in Trumann.Both shows will be about two hours, although the conductors reception may last longer if those attending want to keep on dancing or listening.The conductors reception is a fundraiser for the town’s annual Depot Days music festival. Admission is $20 per person for the event.